Located just beneath the pedestal on the Asian side of the Bosphorus Bridge, the Beylerbeyi district has long been one of Istanbul’s most privileged. Today, the Beylerbeyi Palace is located here. The palace was constructed under the edict of Sultan Abdülaziz between 1861 and 1865 in place of an outdated wooden coastal palace.
The architects Agop and Sarkis Balyan under the edict of the Sultan constructed the palace, which is considered to be one of the masterpieces of the glorious Ottoman era. Beylerbeyi impressed many visiting dignitaries, including the French Empress Eugenie. She had the windows in the guest room duplicated for her bedroom based on the Tuilleries Palace in France.
One of the most striking features of the palace is in the facade and internal decorations. Eastern and Turkish motives are employed in combination with the ornamental elements of the West. In the three-storey palace, there are 26 rooms and six halls. Ornate chairs, ornaments, carpets and curtains from the palace have survived to this date. One of the halls, located in the middle of the palace, is equipped with a pool. Behind the palace are a large pool, terraces and stables.
You can visit the palace on weekdays, except for Monday and Thursday, between 09.30 and 17.30.
Phone: +90 216 321 93 20
Address: Abdullahağa Caddesi, Beylerbeyi - Üsküdar